Nathaniel Simms testified for a second day Thursday in the South Capitol Street murder case, telling the jury that he and his former co-defendants, now standing trial, shot at a group of mourners killing four and injuring six.
Reports the Washington Post:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Brittin asked Simms why he took part in the shootings. Simms began to sob.
“There’s no good explanation, but I witnessed a murder,” said Simms, referring to the shooting of Howe. “It ain’t easy to walk away from something like that and think you’re not going to be a liability to the people who you saw do stuff.”
Simms continued: “Man, we killed a lot of innocent people. That haunts me. People say I’m a sucka for being up here now but, man, I was a sucka for not stopping it.”
Attorneys for the defendants are expected to cross-examine Simms next week. They have indicated that they believe Simms has falsely implicated their clients in exchange for favor from prosecutors in his own case.